Kelly Walsh volleyball coach Jeff Barkell on Wednesday was named a Region 8 Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Barkell led the Trojans to an 18-7 record and a runner-up finish at the Class 4A state tournament this season despite not having a senior on the roster.
The longtime coach has guided Kelly Walsh to eight state championships (2001-02, '05, '08, '10, 2017-29) and eight runner-up finishes during his tenure.
Barkell was one of four recipients from Region 8 and one of 40 coaches nationally recognized by the AVCA for their accomplishments.
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